Friday 01 July 2022 saw a new dawn in the First Division of South African football after the GladAfrica Group announced that they were unable to continue with their commitment of sponsoring the NFD for the final two years of their initial five year sponsor agreement with the PSL. 

Well known and highly regarded South African businessman Patrice Motsepe has stepped in to sponsor the NFD for the next five years. The NFD will now be known as the MOTSEPE FOUNDATION CHAMPIONSHIP. The proposed start of the 2022/23 season is set for 20 August 2022.